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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 7 Just A Thought rd, at the end ays By RICK KRAFT My challenge to use jump On the day that my body is lowered into its grave, I want my life to be completely spent. I don't want a single person to point at me and say "that man died without using all of his po- tential.'" I intend to live my life every day until I die. I intend to grow every day of my life until I die. And when my life is through, I want to die. No sooner and no later. I want to cross my fin- ish line and know that I have given all I have. I don't want to have an- other mile left in me. I pray that God gives me enough energy to make it to the finish line and then it is all right if I collapse. If I collapse at the end of my journey, it will be be- cause I gave all I had. At the time I reach my finish line. I will have run my race. When i reach the finish line I want to close my eyes, and with a smile on my face whis- per. "Lord. it was worth it all." This is my prayer, "'Lord, on the day that my body is lowered into its grave. I want it to be spent." For at that time it is no longer of any use. I want my life to end not with a period, but with an exclamation mark! I refuse to sleepwalk through life. There is too much to be ex- perienced. I want to laugh every chance I can. I hope at times I laugh so hard that my face hurts. And when it is time to cry, may big tears roll down my cheeks and may my heart ache. God has blessed me with many gifts; gifts I am not worthy of. but gifts He intended for me to use and not be wasted. God Rick Kraft out of bed with a positive every gift I have been given; it is to use each gift to its fullest. I want to recognize as I live my life on this planet, that it is not any earthly destination that is important. Destinations come and go. It is the jour- ney, traveled one step at a time, that counts. The journey is determined by the sum of choices. made one at a time. I want God to give me valleys to walk. May the valleys be long so I can learn pa- tience. May the sun be hot so it tests my faith. May God provide only for my needs and not my wants so I can learn to be more de- pendent on Him I need God's help to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. May the mountain at the end of the valley be tall and the journey long. But with God's help may I be allowed to get to the top and to enjoy the view on the other side. I want to make it to mountaintops so I can raise my arms into the air. yell out, and do a dance of celebra- tion. i want moments where I feel so close to God that I can reach out and touch His face. I want to live life on the front row. There I will get a full dose of whatever life deals, be it joy or sorrow. I want to be a participant, and not an ob- server. I want to get my hands dirty and may they both become sore, I refuse to be a spectator looking in from the back row, it is my desire to receive the full brunt of each experience. I want to live each day with an attitude of gratitude. I want attitude. For each day brings new opportunities. I want to attack each day with passion. I want to bounce out of bed each morning excited about the challenges and blessings that await. I want to live each day with a vision. I want to chase at least one dream each day. I pray to God, "Let me make a difference today, one life at a time," because it will soon be gone. I want to accomplish as much each day as I can. I want to give as much as I can each day. And at the end of the day I want to take as much from each day as I am able. I have only one day I can live right now and that day is today. But the path I choose today will determine what path I will be on when I wake up tomorrow. I want to spend my life accomplishing things that are meaningful. I don't want to be known merely as the man who had the cleanest garage on his block. As I turn out the light at the end of the day and close my eyes. I must let go of the day I have spent. I must let go of it because tomorrow brings a new day and new challenges. At the end of the day, when my head touches my pillow, I want to peacefully be out like a light. It ]s not until that time I have one less day to live. I recognize I cannot save the entire world regardless of my efforts. I am unable to make an impact on a man in Switzer- land today. But I can make a difference to the lady behind me by holding the door open for her. I can make a difference to the man who wears a tie I like --A Picture From The Past nt I want it messed up regularly. I want to be able to get off the ride Shaking with ex- citement. As I look at the spec- tators of life off to the side who are afraid to take the ride, I want to stand tall. I want to know that deep inside me I can say that I have truly experienced life. My challenge to you today is to experience life to the full- est. Don't sleepwalk through the days that have been given to you. Fasten your seat belt and take off. Life is not a dress rehearsal. You get one chance. You have already spent your past. Make a difference today. It is the only day you can live. Those who are blessed with many years have the opportu- nity in the twilight of their years to sit in rocking chairs on their front porch and reflect. When that day comes for you, will you have experienced life to the full- est? Will you be spent? I want God to mess up my hair regularly, for it is only then that I shall know I will have ac= complished what He intended in the life He gave me. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkra_ft @ kraftandhunte r. corn mailto:thekra_ftlawfirm @aol. com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy GLORIA VARGAS/Lordsburg __Vn ra v r i x ra Annette Vargas Quihuis September 7, 1964 - November 28, 2010 Avoid holiday spending han By JASON ALDERMAN At this time' of year, many people overindulge, whether it's overeating or drinking too much at holiday parties or spending too memory. Arrange gift lotteries with family, friends and co- workers so you each buy fewer, nicer gifts. Inactivity and service fees may not be charged until '|1 after 12 months of inactivity; after that. only. one such fee may be deducted from the balance knows how many gifts are wasted, to be the most thankful person by merely telling him so. I do much on gifts and decorations. Suggest pooling re- each month. I know. I want to be grateful have the ability to influence and You'll regret the former the next sources to make a sizeableAll fees must be clearly 1 for every blessing bestoweduplift the one next to me. morning; but with overspend- group charitable contribution disclosed on the card or its pack- I | upon me from God. I want to Today I am excited about ing you may not feel the hang- rather than individual gifts to aging. I | be grateful for every kind act what God is preparing me for. over effect until the bills come each other. A few additional tips: t and gesture by those who God I am not sure what is aheod. It due in January. I FILL YOUR FREEZER | has placed in my life each day Get organized. Once you've - Note return policies for may be joy, frustration, success, | WITJt FINISHED HERITAGE | When I wake up each day I Here are a few tips for man- determined your overall holiday stores and online shopping sites. failure, accomplishment, or aging holiday expenses to avoid budget, make a list or spread- Watcfi for deadlines, exclusions BEEF STEERS FROM I " " ~ I don't want to lay in bed wish- tragedy. Regardless, I do know a holiday spending hangover: sheet with columns for: for sale or clearance items and I 9"~WADOS~IyF-~ ~P~Ecl" I ing ! had more time to sleep. I God is in control and whateverBudgeting. Before spend- Everyone you need to restocking charges. [ ALL NATURALLY RAISED [ don t want to lay in bed and hand is dealt me, I will play it ing a dime on holiday expenses, shop for - relatives, friends, co- Retain receipts. Many |TASTE THE HERrrAGE AND THE| worry about what may lie the best that I can. I also know calculate how much you can workers, service providers, etc. retailers will refund the price | IIEART OF THE SOUTHWEST | ahead. I want to recognize that confidently God will never give afford relative to your overall Spending limits and difference if an item goes on sale |FOR INFOCALLJohn.Guldem~B_.~I~e day ahead is the best d~y of me any difficult circumstances budget. Many financial plan- gift alternatives for each person, within.a ew~.weeks after pu~- I @ (575) 640-5904 .... J my life as it is the only day'IHe won't first equip me with ners recommend spending no - How much you actually chase~ ..... ( " " - ~ k S can live. I want to energetically the tools to overcome, more than 1.5 percent of annual " ' ' spend on each gift. (Overspend- Check whether yot~r With God all things are pos- income on holiday expenses. liT THI= NO DRS leg sible. As we are told this in the Bible in Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Jerry Seinfield once said, "Life is truly a ride, we are all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind he's ripping your ticket and away you go. And as you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, some- times you put up your arms and scream. Sometimes you just hang onto the bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. Consider: Will your savings cover a few months' expenses in case of a layoff, unexpected medical bills of another finan- cial emergency? Can you pay off all holiday-related bills within a couple of months? Do you already struggle to pay your monthly bills? Would yod need to sus- pend retirement savings to buy gifts? ming somewhere else.) What you gave each person - to avoid giving them the same thing next year. . What each person gave you. That way, you won't acci- ing on one present means trim- credit card agreement provides free product warranty exten- sions and/or price protection (i.e., will reimburse the differ- ence if you find an identical item for less). dentally "re-gift" something to the same person. Other expenses (deco- rations, etc.) Gift cards: If you give gift cards, several changes were made to laws governing these cards. For gift cards sold on or after August 22. 2010, the I think the most you can hope Scale back. Examine how Credit Card Accountability, Re- for at the end of life is that your much you've spent in past years sponsibility and Disclosure hair is messed up, you're out of and look for areas to trim. Con- (CARD) Act of 2009 requires breath, and you didn't throw sider: gifts for family, friends that: up!" and coworkers; decorations; Money loaded on gift In the life I live, I hope to new clothes/accessories; gift cards must not expire for at least keep from throwing up. But if wrap and cards; special meals; five years from date of purchase throwing up is part of the price year-end gratuities; and travel- or after funds were last added. that is paid for taking the ride, related expenses. A few tips: - If the card expires but so be it. ! want to be breathless Review old credit cardthe funds haven't, you can i~e- at times. I want to have my hair and bank statements to jog your quest a free replacement card. Have sometlsln6' 8,a'.XleZ: .lle$ i8 $ ie a gical time oP qeap! * L ve Cbr sf, mas Trees a * P nse fAa * gesemar rea bs Cand Canes * Lo ve ( br sf, ma8 Trees (l n afoure P ne) ~ Ask us about our layaway program 214L. MC IEI DRIP1 IN LORDSBUR(, Free Delivery in Lordsburg! 542-8880 L ordsburg Assembly of God Youth are selling CoolJ, ool i This cookbook features recipes from local families and make a nice gift. 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